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Search, Ponder and Pray arrangement for Solo Voice with Violin and Piano

A few months ago when I was thinking of the songs I wanted my Primary to sing for the Presentation this year, I had 12 songs that I definitely wanted them to do that tied in with the monthly themes.  However, I also wanted to do Search, Ponder and Pray – because to me, that sums up the yearly theme nicely.

 

To cut a long story short, and with my beautiful Primary President giving me complete freedom to whatever I feel is best for our Primary, I thought a solo would be perfect for this song.

 

I heard one version on You Tube that I loved, but there wasn’t any sheet music (I only listened to it once, that’s all I had time to do).  So with that version as my inspiration, I wrote my own arrangement.

Here it is:

Search Ponder and Pray (complete score)

Search Ponder and Pray Violin (violin part)

 

We performed it this week at Leadership training, and we received many positive comments and requests for the music.

 

On a side note, I added in the words to the Primary theme for this year’s Presentation “I know the scriptures are true” at the very end.  If you aren’t comfortable with changing words to songs, just repeat the words “I’ll know the scriptures are true” because that simply repeats the phrase and doesn’t add in anything new.

Kiss or Miss – Song Revision Game

Hershey KissesI purchased a Classic Bag of Hershey’s Kisses on my recent trip to the US.  I think they’re the red, silver and gold ones? – we don’t have them in Australia (only silver, and they’re difficult to find), so it’s my special treat for Snr Primary.

I’m not doing this game with Jnr Primary, because it won’t work in my ward at the moment.

The game is like pass the parcel, but there’s a twist.

Set up:

– Have the children sit in a large circle.

– Instruct your Pianist on the song you wish to revise and how to play.

 

How to play:

– Drop 3 or 4 ‘Kisses’ into the hand of a child.

– Start the music.  The children need to sing along to the music.

– When the music stops, tell the child left holding the Kisses “Kiss or Miss”.  The child holding the Kisses can choose to sing the next line of the song, or miss out, and pass the Kisses on to the next child to sing the line.  Once they sing the next line (or mime actions if they are a non-singer or self conscious) they can keep the Kisses.

– Give the child 3 or 4 more kisses to pass around, and begin from the line they just sang (you could repeat that line and keep going).

 

Extras:

– You might have a ‘savvy’ pianist who selectively chooses when to stop, so that everyone gets a turn.

– Make sure you have enough Kisses to hand out to all the children who haven’t received any when your time runs out.

– Think about what you’re going to do if a child/children get a second go.  Do they have to give the kisses to a teacher?  To the Primary President?  Share with other children?  Keep for themselves?  I would haven’t any children sit out for this game.